COMING SOON... Blood Drive on March 18th

The need for blood is constant and your donation can save up to 3 lives!

Date: March 18th
Time: 10:00 am to 3:30 pm
Location: Landmark Ford, New Car Showroom

Enter Code: LandmarkFord

 To be eligible to donate blood you must:
*be at least 17 years old (16 with parental permission in some states)
*meet height and weight requirement (at least 110 pounds based on height)
*be in generally good health

 Before donating you should:
*get a good night's sleep
*drink plenty of fluids
*eat within 2-3 hours

Be sure to bring your:
*donor card or a government issue photo ID
*parental consent form if you are a 16 year old donor
*wear clothing with sleeves that can be raised above the elbow

Common Questions About Donating Blood from the American Red Cross

What Can I expect at my donation?
In a confidential and private setting, you'll answer some questions about your health history and places you have traveled.  We'll take your blood pressure, temperature and a small sample of your blood to test your iron level.  We'll cleanse the area of your arm and insert a sterile needle, through which the blood or blood component will be drawn.  After donation, you can relax in the refreshment area, enjoy a snack and beverage and take pleasure in knowing your blood donation may help save up to three lives.

Can I find out my blood type?
Download the Blood Donor App and you'll be able to view your digital donor card, including your blood type, just a few days after donating.

How often may I donate blood?
You may donate whole blood every 56 days, up to six times per year; platelets every seven days, up to 24 times a year; plasma every 28 days, up to 13 times per year; and double red cells every 112 days, up to 3 times a year.

Will I have to limit my activities after donating?
Do not do any heavy lifting or strenuous exercise for the rest of the day.  You may want to schedule your appointment several hours after planned exercise.

How can I keep my iron levels healthy?
Maintaining adequate iron levels is part of being a healthy donor.  Make sure to eat a nutricious, well-balanced diet with foods rich in iron and high in vitamin C.  You can also speak to your health-care provider about taking a multivitamin with iron.

What if I have recently gotten a tattoo and/or body piercing?
If you tattoo was applied in a state-regulated/licensed tattoo facility using sterile needles and the ink was not reused, you may be able to donate.  You may donate after receiving a body piercing as long as you are certain a sterile needle was used.  Otherwise, you must wait one year after receiving a tattoo or body-piercing.

I've been turned down before.  Should I try again?
Yes.  Most deferrals are temporary- not permanent.  Check with Red Cross staff to find out if you can now donate.

What if I have high or low blood pressure?
Your blood pressure will be checked before every donation.  If you blood pressure is within an acceptable range, you may donate.  If you take medication to control your blood pressure, you may still be eligible to donate.  Please check with a Red Cross staff member to find out if you are able to donate.

Can I donate if I have been taking an antibiotic?
You may be able to donate blood as long as you have taken your last dose of the prescribed course of antibiotics and have no symptoms.  Please check with a Red Cross staff member to find out if you are able to donate.

If something is wrong with my blood, will I find out?
Yes.  You will be notified confidentially by certified mail or in rare situations by telephone.

If I participate in sports, can I practice or compete right after giving blood?
When you give blood, you temporarily lose some fluid which your body replaces within 24 hours.  So a few precautions are necessary: do not compete right after the donation and avoid strenuous activity for five hours after donating.  Give your body a day to replace the volume you donated.  Please consult your coach or trainer to ensure it is appropriate for you to donate on the day of the blood drive.

Can I give blood if I have been drinking or using drugs?
While the Red Cross does not encourage the use of controlled substances, marijuana or alcohol, use does not necessarily disqualify you from giving blood as long as you are feeling well.  If you have EVER injected any illegal drugs, you are indefinitely ineligible to donate blood or platelets.

Can I give blood if I have traveled outside the U.S.?
There are specified limitations for certain travel.  Some circumstances may make a person temporarily ineligible to donate blood; some cause indefinite ineligibility.  If you have any questions, or if you have been told you can never donate blood again, you may wish to discuss your history with a trained Red Cross staff member since the guidelines for eligibility may have changed.

What should I do if I have more questions regarding my eligibility to donate blood?
Our donor health representatives can answer any questions you may have about travel, medications or health conditions that might affect your ability to donate blood.  Please call 1-866-236-3276 or visit for more information.